La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) - Le Trou Du Diable

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 55
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rfgetz on 07-27-2009

Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.
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Photo of Rifugium
2.37/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really bad... Raisins and apples galore, indistinct spice, compost, rotten banana, dried leaves, dirty wort, phenols, oxidation. Blech.

Photo of Agent1
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Amber/ gold, with little head. Tiny bubbles with decent lacing.

Smell - Fermented fruit such as lemons, pineapples, apples and oranges. Fermented apricots. Candied orange. Sour and tart on the nose. Cider-like. Sourdough bread, caramel, white wine, Very nice.

Taste - Subtle lambic characteristics. Green apples, cotton candy, coriander, grape peel, lemon, subtle cloves, Belgian candi sugar, brandy, Saison funk, Saaz?, pineapple, fermented apricots and more. Subtle oak/ wood notes. Again, cider-like. Nicely spiced. Light yeasty/ sour aftertaste wraps up everything.

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated. Quite strong, which I feel works well with this ale. Stimulates all areas of the mouth. Sticky and syrupy. It doesn't get much better than this for a Tripel!

Overall - This is a very impressive Belgian-style beer. The barrel aging and apples is a great idea. Sweet and tart notes are perfectly married with the bitter wood and hop notes. A bit pricey, but definitely worth the investment. A+.

Photo of ThomasT
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Vibrant, moderately cloudy orange. Slightly darker than orange juice. Two-finger, very aromatic head that rapidly fades with very slight lacing.
Smell: I got a bit overenthusiastic here on the fourth sniff and accidentally snorted it. Most prominent is strong, tart crab-apple. Slight orange and just a hint of grape. Wild yeast and phenol.
Taste: Moderate orange and lemons right on the tip of the tongue. Grape is very noticeable in the middle, with a slight carbonation burn. The back packs a very hefty dose of tart, but sweet, crab-apple with an even tarter yeasty finish. Extremely powerful, but delicious finish. Spicy burn travels right up the sinuses on the finish, spreading the tasty ester smell throughout the nose. Body is light, but the esters and carbonation help the flavour travel through the whole mouth.
Overall: An very tart and spicy beer with nice complexity that is everything a Tripel should be.

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip, bottle was a gucher, but didn't lose too much.

A- A clear golden/orange color with a two finger white head.

S- Tart crisp apples, some tart grapes, sweet, candy sugar, brandy, oak.

T- Tart apple, sweet malts, some candy sugar, brandy, oak, slightly earthy finish along with some floral notes. The base is a nice sweet Tripel and the barrel and the tartness work well with it.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice beer, nose doesn't smell like a Tripel but the taste is very Tripel like. Flavors are well balanced, very enjoyable, worth seeking out.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. On-tap but maybe via bottle.

A-Hazy orange. Even the sample pour had some head to it.

S-Didn't even know it was a Tripel, had to look at my guide. Then I realized this was the barrel aged version. Made more sense afterwards. It's like the apple brandy barrel swept over the more aggressive aspects of the Tripel and soaked them in sweetness and mellowed them out a bit. It also added some light funk. Sweet barrel and apple with a perfumey aspect.

T-Interesting to say the least. Sweet brandy mixes with the maltiness of the beer. Funky yeast flavor. Sweet flowers. Booze soaked bread. Light wood. Pears and apples.

M-Creamy. A bit sticky. Some alcohol heat. Soft carbonation.

O-A treat. This one didn't stand out all too much at the time but thinking back on it now I kinda wished I was more ready to indulge in this beer.

Photo of korguy123
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 02/12 750ml into snifter.
Special thanks to ricochet173 for another amazing bottle.

Was quite the gusher when opened. My counter enjoyed some of the spoils :-)

Hazy, unfiltered apple cider colored pour. Half finger, tight bubbled, fizzy off white head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet apples, tart grapes, some pear skin, slightly tart aroma with a touch of funk. Sweetness from the brandy, a light oakiness with a peppery finish.

Peppery and sweet, grapes, raisins, apples, a touch of lemon, some digestive cookies, a bit of alcohol and a little brandy in the finish.

Light to medium body, high carbonation, slightly warming.

Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish-gold. Big fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Little fluffs of lacing here and there but nothing substantial.

S: Strong fruity aroma. Apples mainly. Pear maybe? Some other fruits I can't quite identify. Very floral aroma. Big and sweet. Can almost smell pure sugar.

T: Apples and pears up front with some oak. Quite sweet. Maybe even some peach? Turns into a yeasty bread in the middle with some earthiness and black pepper. Get some old wet hay into the finish. Tart, funky and bitter - gets even stronger into the aftertaste. A little lingering, drying oak in the aftertaste too with some more black pepper.

M: Heavy and thick.

O: Meh. Tough to score. It has promise up front with the sweet fruity flavors and overall complexity but finishes like decaying grass which is unpleasant to say the least. I drain poured it, bleh.

Photo of mattsander
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper, great clarity, swirling globs of sediment. Volcanic carbonation.

S: Lots of 'damp' brett character, buttery apple crisp, some herbal qualities. This smells amazing.

T: Phenolic spiciness leads the charge, with some booze-soaked pear/overripe apple fruitiness. The brett has really taken over after a few years in the bottle. A bit one-dimensional but otherwise good.

M: Boldly thick, I'd prefer this beer were a little drier.

A big complex beer that has improved with age. The sweetness became a bit overwhelming.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7-17-12 incorrectly written in the regular version, when in fact I had the barrel aged version.

Bottle to CBS snifter. Bottle date of 10/11.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow. One finger of thick cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Massive oak and quite a bit of funk up front that dominates the nose. The background offers lighter notes of bready malts, candy sugar and apple.

T - Big oak flavour up front with a lot of funk as the nose indicated. Some sweet bready malt flavours, candy sugar, lemon and light citrus notes add depth. Not getting the brandy at all.

M - Medium body with a really good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally get around to reviewing this.

Poured from an undated 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Fuzzy peach color, very hazy and the color is lightly reflected in the huge head. It's not too big though and clings pretty good though would have expected more retention.

Smell: Fresh apples, peaches, apple peelings, brandy peeking through and a light wood aroma.

Taste: Apple brandy brings out a semi-sweet fruit flavor and mixed with the Tripel base, it's pretty darn good. Dried apricots, mild vanilla, bit peppery and a cascade of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Starts sweet-tart but comfortable, lingers just a tad before finishing dry.

Overall: Nice to have a world-class beer locally (though it is hard to come by). A bit pricey but worth it.

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass on Mar 30, 2012.

Appearance: 4.5
Clear copper body with 1’ white head has good retention. Good presentation even after 1+ years storage.

Smell: 4
Notable sour funk with notes of tart candy, lemon. Also get faint caramel presence for malt and slight spiciness from yeast.

Taste: 4
Initially, a mild slight lemon, tart funk is noticed. Then midway through get more presence of malt with caramel notes as well as pick up faint notes of brandy from the barrel. At this point, this is a sharp spiciness from the yeast that then fades away to linger on the palate. The beer now becomes much more tripel in taste. A very minimal bitterness of the hops detected, mixed in with a bit of more barnyard funk. Also, slight warmth in body from alcohol. Overall, complex, but the flavours are little rough around the edges IMO. Beer does soft a bit and come together more to significant improve as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild to moderate carbonation and thickness. More on astringent side from sour aspect and hops, with mild sweetness in contrast.

Overall: 4
Second time having this beer, with me sitting on this bottle for nearly a year. Not sure if age really benefited this one. The sour presence is still quite mild; more aroma than taste, and the yeast aspect of the beer tends to dominate at times. Flavours are interesting, but not as good as I remember. Would be interest to try another fresh beer again to compare. Overall, soild offering, but unsure if I’d wouldn’t go out of my way to seek out again, esp with a price of $25+.
Consider to try.

Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has month and year numbers on the label, but nothing ticked off. I picked this up only a couple of months ago, but I expect it is from 2010, as that is the latest year available to be ticked. Who knows.

Pours a nice golden orange colour. Reminds me of marmalade or caramel. A large off-white head bubbles and dissipates at a moderate pace.

At first, it smells like a good but standard tripel- light fruits (peach and apple stand out), Belgian yeast, caramel and bready malts, honey. Also a little bit of funk along with the yeast. Then the barrel effect starts becoming noticeable- very nice undertones of brandy, booze, spices, vanilla and oak intermingle with the tripel. Really good.

The barrel flavours are more immediate in the taste. Vanilla, brandy, apple. Beer has some booze flavours, as well as some spice (pepper in particular). The peach and other light fruit flavours are present, and backed up by the caramel malt. The whole thing is very well integrated and incredibly well-tamed. The alcohol heat is almost zero, despite the strength.

Beer is very smooth, velvety. Carbonation is present but incredibly restained- micro bubbles that give life to the beer but do not interfere with taste or irritate.

Overall? Excellent. A tremendously good tripel. The barrel effect is fantastic- interesting, well-integrated and tasty. Great stuff!

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, quite some time ago. Finally got around to cracking this one. 750ml bottle conditioned into an oversized snifter. Dates are listed on the side of the bottle, but nothing is ticked off. Regardless, I believe this is from 2010.

Poured a hazy orange brown, with nice white head of a finger or two. Head has some moderate density and great retention. Nose has some typical tripel fruity esters, oranges are prominent but at times almost resemble something 'cleaner-like' (Orange-Glo?). Some sour green apple, funk and spicing. Gentle, subtle and complex throughout. Taste is funky, with similar citrus notes. Green apple, a touch phenolic. Some lime and a hint to this 'cleaner' note again. Lightly oxidised, but the carbonation is perfect - certainly encouraging of larger sips than should be taken for this ABV. Quite a nice beer, and I'm not put off by the cleaner notes I was getting. Maybe should've had this a bit fresher.

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with two fingers of thick white head that paints the side of the glass.

Smell. Apples and pears, some nice funk, apricots and honey with a little booze. Yum.

Taste. Tangy fruit and funk. Mainly apples and pears with a little strawberry and citrus fruits. Oak and brandy are present in the end. Alcohol is there, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with pretty high, lively and smooth carbonation. A little warm.

Overall. Pretty decadent tasting beer here. I like the funk and the complexity while still remaining somewhat light. A little bit boozy, but it works.

Photo of kjyost
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade from papat444 in July, 2010. Thanks! Popped open to celebrate the birth of my third child.

A: Copper and clear with a nice white head and cap that retains very well, although little lacing is apparent
S: Apple juice, pepper, light caramel, some sort of funky aroma joins the party over time.
T: Pepper is the dominant player with a sweetness from the apple. Very, very nice, although the apple dominates at times. Finishes very dry and peppery. Some sort of barnyard flavours are playing in the background too.
M: Dry, no discernible alcohol character.
O: Deliciousness... How can I get me another bottle of this?

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/26/2011

Thanks!

A: Hazy dark orange with a creamy white head.

S: Strong apple brandy with perfumy floral notes. Sugary bread builds a strong foundation. There's a decided cheese note.

T: Sweet bread with a sugary profile and prominent apple brandy notes. Booze is evident. Notes of apple and pear. The beer is moderately sweet.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable beer. I fear we drank it slightly too warm, though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Shane.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a big white head.

S: There's a bit of booze that is detectable right away. Oak, apple, and brandy aromas are quite pungent as are the floral and citrus notes. A light funkiness, mostly cheesy, with a touch of vanilla and pear.

T: The cheese is still there on the palate. The oak and apple brandy come through strongly, as do the vanilla and citrus peel notes. Still very floral with a light booziness to go with the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: A really interesting beer. A touch boozy (mostly on the nose), but nice overall.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just plowed through several reviews on notes so that this beer could be my 400th official review
A - mostly clear golden orange, tall white head retained very well with consistent lacing
S - acidic apple and nectarine, tart with a strange yeasty odour, some floral odour
T - sour apple, peach, and pear fruitiness, floral and spicy hops, odd yeasty flavour, fresh cut grains, and mild alcohol
M - well carbonated, thin and sweet, finishing tart and dry with some lingering heat
O - a very unique and flavourful tripel with the alcohol deceptively integrated, although pricy it is a must try for any serious beer advocate

Photo of AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. Shared by Alex.

A - Orangish yellow beer with a frothy head that rose up pretty high. Good retention and some nice lace.

S - Not really sure what to make of this. Some phenolic yeast, stone fruits, herbal notes, grass, and orange peel. The phenol/yest combination and herbal notes meld to make me think of chemicals or medicine, which isn't the best combination. I don't get tons of apple brandy on it, just a little.

T - Taste is about in line with the nose, although medicine seems more like just cough syrup now. On the plus it has a lot going for it, but there is just a few off flavors in there that detract. Somewhat sweet and herbal, with some decent barrel.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, no complaints here.

O - I wasn't a big fan, I expect my tripels sweeter with less floral notes. It was nicely complex, but it wasn't a combination that really worked for me.

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at my local shop and I forced myself to get a bottle even though it was so expensive. The beer poured out as a darker than expected color. The beer looked more like a blend of a dubbel and Tripel. The head was pretty good leaving a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of spice to it, along with some aged wood, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a bit of tart funk to it which got better as it warmed. The spices and the barrel aging went well together creating something unlike any other Tripel I've had before. The mouthfeel was a little bubbly but pretty smooth. Overall this beer was good but very expensive. I can't say whether it was worth that price or not, but I know that I probably wouldn't spend that much again for it.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serious thanks for sharing the pricey rarity, Nathan.

Pouring a beautiful, clear amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is just as attractive. The blend of a mildly sweet tripel base (one that I don't typically care for) and the apple brandy with just the hint of funk and tartness is excellent. Deep and complex, there's some brandy, pomace, a little caramel, ripe apples (red delicious, maybe?) and vanilla. The palate is similar, though the sweetness is expressed a little more (and drinking it right after a Doesjel didn't help either). Some caramel and toffee is noticeable, but the sweetness does have quite a bit of apple flavor as well. Some vanilla and oak are present. A mild tartness is present, with the flavor profile that you'd expect from a moderately Bretted beer. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels great on the palate, and I thoroughly enjoyed my pour. It's such a pity this stuff is $30 a bottle, 'cos I'd love to drink this more often. Highly recommended.

Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Thanks, Tony, for sharing this obscure treasure.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of soft, pillowy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Rich + vinous, with caramel malt, apple, grape-skin, grapes, oak, and vanilla. Excellent.

T: Starts out oaky and vinous, then opens up with toffee sweetness, vanilla, and more oak. Rich and delicious.

M: Hugely lively, with tons of roiling carbonation filling out the medium body. Fun.

O: This was just a delicious beer, plain and simple. The wine barrel was a perfect compliment to the malty base Tripel, as the vinous components went great with the apple esters and the vanilla oakiness blended beautifully with the caramel malt. Fantastic stuff.

Cheers!

Photo of GradyS1
3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this on back from a trip to Vancouver, poured into La Chouffe tulip. Great pour and the aroma that comes off both the glass and the bottle are amazing. Pours a deep hazy golden orange. Nice two finger straw colored head. You get large smells of the apple brandy, some barnyard funk, this one is a little hot some booze but not overwhelming. Not really liking the taste, after great anticipation because of the smell, apple brandy but almost to boozy, brett and alcohol are trying to compete against each other, brett has started to overpower the barrels which throws off the taste. Lots of Brett on the taste. Light to medium bodied, creamy finish, not a bad mouth feel

Overall, great smell and look but the taste could not back these characteristics up. I really did not like the taste, did not hate it either, average. I still enjoyed this though

Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my dearest friends got married this weekend. She's the manager of a wine bar, and her new hubby is from Chile, so they both know a thing or two about the good stuff. I wanted to break out something special for their post-reception, post-brunch barbecue today, so I pulled this bottle out of my meager cellar and shared it with the couple and her parents, who have always been as good to me as my own.

No brandy snifters available out by the pool, so we used wine glasses. Poured a stunning golden orange with a huge, fluffy white head that refused to dissipate. One of the nicest looking beers I've seen.

The smell has a huge amount of gingery spices and green fruits. A little bit of vanilla. The apple brandy comes through clearly from the aging. The brett gives it the faintest twang.

Fancy fancy. Got a lot of the Calvados in the flavor, along with the barrels themselves. Slightly bready malts and that tiny bit of funk. Something seems slightly buttery, maybe? The alcohol is warming, but not unpleasant; this could cause problems if you're not paying attention to the ABV.

Nice, full body without being heavy on a hot, humid day wearing jeans by the grill. Carbonation seems medium-light, but the bubbles just keep on coming somehow. Very nice.

Overall, a fine beer that pleased the wine snobs and the beer snobs equally. Worth the price to have shared with special people on a special day.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep honey with lots of frothy head, great retention and lacing, slightly murky difficult to see through.

There is a faint trace of malt and cognac in the nose followed by medicinal herbs. Does not posses the belgian citrus I was expecting.

Tasted a bit like an organic tonic. Herbs and spices overpower the palate in a less than pleasing fashion. Subdued malty sweetness that finishes with a spirity cognac flavor, not particularly enjoyable.

Effervescent and bubbly think champagne.

Overall this beer was a big let down. I was extremely excited to try this beer as it was my first brew with wild yeast. I admire what they are attempting to do but I think in the end it turned out to be too much. Tripels are complicated to begin with when you add wild yeast and cognac barrel aging...

Not the experience I was hoping for but if you see it and you'd like a real challenge pick up a bottle.

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) from Le Trou Du Diable
93 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.